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January 24, 2015 Updates

Kris Humphries, the Washington Wizards forward who's in Portland to face the Trail Blazers on Saturday at the Moda Center, made it clear that he found Portland State's gym underwhelming. But the university seems to have gotten the last laugh. Considering Humphries is best-known in some circles for his short-lived marriage to Kim Kardashian, we'd say the university's response was pretty tame compared to where they could have gone with it. Check out the exchange: Oregonian

January 23, 2015 Updates

“It’s going in the right steps,” the 24-year-old Wall said in a telephone interview after the results were announced. “There’s still a lot more love and respect I can get. But like me and Coach [Randy Wittman] talked about last year, you only get to those situations, those places when you’re winning. So it’s a big honor for me and my teammates and coaches. I appreciate the fans a whole lot for voting me in as a starter.” Washington Post

The Washington Wizards point guard confirmed that he will not participate in the dunk contest in a telephone interview Thursday night after the NBA named him an Eastern Conference starter for the main event on Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden. Instead, Wall is considering participating in the skills challenge. “I still haven’t decided,” Wall said. “I’m just still talking about it with my team and stuff. But I did the skills in the past so I’m thinking about doing it again.” Washington Post

January 22, 2015 Updates

Alex Kennedy: Cavs obviously want Ray Allen. But league source says the team that's been most aggressive in pursuing Allen is Wizards. Constantly calling. The Wizards want to reunite Ray Allen and Paul Pierce. They feel Allen's game and veteran leadership would help them as they try to contend. With that said, Ray Allen is still unsure what he’ll do. He has been working out in Miami, and he’s enjoying his time with his family. Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

Last year's winner of the slam-dunk competition, John Wall, won't be participating at All-Star weekend next month in New York, the Wizards point guard has told CSNwashington.com. Wall was a first-time All-Star as he was voted in as a reserve. He's expected to be named a starter for later Thursday when the league announces the top five vote-getters in each conference. The event takes place Feb. 13-15 at Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden. CSNWashington.com

January 21, 2015 Updates

With the Oklahoma City Thunder in Washington, D.C., to play the Wizards, his future free agency in 2016 and the possibility of returning to his hometown were inevitably going to be brought up. "I've never thought about it, to be honest," Durant said of playing for the Wizards. "I mean, I hear it in the summertime. I heard it for the first time this summer. That's when it started heating up. I love playing for Oklahoma City, man. There's just a certain level of pride that I have when I play with that Oklahoma City on my chest. ESPN.com

"So that's the only thing I'm focused on. Everybody knows that I represent where I come from that no matter where I play at, no matter what arena. But I'm just focused on playing with Oklahoma City. It feels like home now. That's where I am." ESPN.com

You've got Jay Z involved with the Nets, you've got Drake with the Raptors, Lupe's doing stuff with the World Cup. Most of us are young black dudes who sacrificed to provide for our families and do what we love, so that's a deep bond we have-in music and in sports. I want to be a shot in the arm to DC basketball. My job is to provide a spark, at all costs. I'm not going to do anything corny, but I'm talking to Kanye about designing new uniforms. ESPN.com

"Chicago, Toronto and Washington are all better built for the playoffs than Atlanta," said one Eastern Conference executive, "because they have size and at least one guy who can break you down." The disciples contend that the Spurs already laid waste to the need for all that by winning a championship—and nearly winning two—that relied as much on Kawhi Leonard, Boris Diaw and Danny Green as it did Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, who have been a Big Three in name more than reality for the last several years. Today's NBA, with its zone defenses, profusion of three-point shooting and diminished physicality is more akin to guerrilla warfare—flexibility and versatility at both ends of the floor being more important than a singular matchup or three. "I would definitely think the model now is a team that plays stronger together than just having a couple of superstars," said one Western Conference scout. Bleacher Report

A couple weeks after Adkins was hired, Durant was asked about his former coach’s promotion from the Maryland women’s basketball team to the NBA while attending Team USA training camp at the end of July. “I worked out with him a few days before,” Durant said. “We talked about it. He was excited that he got the opportunity. I support him. That’s family.” Washington Post

On the surface, the Washington Wizards’ decision to replace Ryan Saunders with David Adkins as player development assistant in July was unusual. Very rarely have coaches executed the leap from women’s college basketball to the NBA like Adkins did after five seasons on Brenda Frese’s staff at Maryland. The remarkable career progression, however, became an afterthought upon a perusal of Adkins’s coaching résumé: He was an assistant coach at Montrose Christian from 1999 to 2006, when Kevin Durant came through the Rockville private school. Durant, the reigning NBA most valuable player, is scheduled to be a free agent in 2016 when his contract with Oklahoma City expires and hasn’t rejected the possibility of returning to play for his hometown team. Washington Post

Wizards guard Bradley Beal admitted that he had “no idea” who Adkins was before the two met at the Las Vegas summer league in July, but Beal and swingman Martell Webster both credited Adkins for challenging yet enjoyable rehabilitation sessions that closely resembled game-like situations as they recovered from injuries to start the season. “He definitely pushes you to the max, man,” Beal said. “He wants the best for you, and he’s going to push you until your tongue is hanging dry. He’ll do whatever it takes to get you better.” Washington Post

January 20, 2015 Updates

In his 12th season, Rasual Butler hasn't allowed retirement to cross his mind. The Washington Wizards forward played in his 726th career game Monday in a 111-76 victory over his hometown 76ers. Butler, 35, had eight points on 3-for-7 shooting to go with two rebounds and two assists off the bench. Butler said he'll keep playing "as long as I can run and jump, defend and hit shots. I still have a love for the game to this day. I still get butterflies before the game. That's a real good indication that it's time to keep it going." Philadelphia Inquirer

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